MEXICO CITY — Mexican federal police captured a leading member of the Gulf drug cartel yesterday at what appeared to have been his birthday party, authorities said.
Gilberto Barragan Balderas “is considered one of the main leaders of the Gulf Cartel’’ and is the subject of a $5 million reward by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, said Ramon Pequeno, head of antidrug operations for the federal police.
Barragan Balderas was allegedly in charge of the cartel’s operations in Miguel Aleman, across the border from Roma, Texas. Police captured him at a party at a ranch near another border city, Reynosa.
Police said the party was apparently in honor of Barragan Balderas’s birthday. Two alleged associates were also arrested in the raid.
No formal charges had been filed against any of the suspects.
Barragan Balderas, 41, is wanted on drug trafficking charges in the United States under a 2008 indictment.